PEPYS ’ DI­ARY

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Sa­muel Pepys ( 1633-1703) was the naval ad­min­is­tra­tor and first sec­re­tary of the Bri­tish Ad­mi­ralty. Here’s what he wrote on Fe­bru­ary 25, 1664. Up and to the of­fice, where we sat, and thence with Mr. Coven­try by coach to the glasshouse and there dined, and both be­fore and af­ter did my Lord Peter­bor­ough’s ac­counts. Thence home to the of­fice, and there did busi­ness till called by Creed, and with him by coach (set­ting my wife at my brother’s) to my Lord’s, and saw the young ladies, and talked a lit­tle with them, and thence to White Hall, a while talk­ing but do­ing no busi­ness, but re­solved of go­ing to meet my Lord to­mor­row, hav­ing got a horse of Mr. Coven­try to- day. So home, tak­ing up my wife, and af­ter do­ing some­thing at my of­fice home, God for­give me, dis­turbed in my mind out of my jeal­ousy of my wife to­mor­row when I am out of town, which is a hell to my mind, and yet with­out all rea­son. God for­give me for it, and mend me. — ( Sam mea­sures his wife’s morals by his own yard­stick. D.W.) — So home, and get­ting my things ready for me, weary to bed.

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